Protect your pet from deadly parasites by deworming them regularly.
Deworming is an important process in your pet’s healthcare. Your pet can get worms from their mothers, other animals, and contaminated soil. Cats and dogs can be infected with roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. By deworming your pet regularly, you protect them from catching worms and passing them to vulnerable individuals in your family. Unfortunately, zoonotic worms can affect humans with weaker immune systems like seniors, children, and pregnant women. Please consult with your veterinarian to establish a deworming schedule. Call us at 289-278-6001.
Most worms (except heartworms) that infect your pet can be detected by examining their stool. We collect a stool sample and examine it with a microscope. For tapeworms, we can identify the worms with our naked eye. Heartworms require bloodwork to diagnose accurately. They release proteins in the bloodstream that can be detected with a blood test. The veterinarian may recommend X-rays and ultrasounds to assess the heart and lungs if your pet has heartworms.
Here are the symptoms that may indicate that your pet has worms:
● Laboured breathing
● Loss of appetite
● Weight loss
● Swollen belly
Deworming is necessary from an early age. Puppies and kittens generally begin deworming medication when they are 2 to 4-weeks-old. They are given different doses every two weeks until they are 3-months-old. Deworming should continue into adulthood. We recommend that adult pets get dewormed twice each year.
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